A Woman with Soul: Joi Dupre
Tell us about a deep soul connection that you’ve experienced. It was a connection and feeling like I’ve never experienced. It was “other worldly.” I went home to attend a high school reunion of sorts. I walked through the door and reconnected with an old friend and the rest is history. Mickey and I were friends since 4th grade. We never dated and there was a 25+ year time period in which we didn’t speak or know what happened to each other. During the party we gravitated towards each other and shared memories and talked about our lives since high school. There was definitely something churning between us.
We left the party without exchanging phone numbers. Thank goodness for laptops, wifi, and Facebook. I awoke the next day with a message from him asking me to spend the day with him. I happily agreed and off we went on a date that lasted 19 hours!
During the last part of the date, we just sat face to face reminiscing, both starting to feel something we never expected. The hour was quite late, so we lay down, face to face, continuing to share about our lives and just being in the moment. And that’s when it all began. A swirling of energy overtook us. It was palpable. It catapulted us into another dimension. I have to mention that nothing “physical” was going on; just the two of us lying, fully clothed, on our sides looking at each other enveloped by an energy field that had us both in awe. During this moment, at the same time, in the same breath, we spoke the words, “I found you.” In that moment we both knew that we would be spending the rest of our lives with each other.
What was one of the most soul-opening moments of your life? Though I’ve spent most of my life performing on stage staring out into the crowd with poise and confidence, I was never comfortable looking people in the eye in the “real world.” I would look up, down, left, and right, averting any eye contact. Self-confidence was never anywhere to be found.
In 1996 that all transformed! It was during a weekend life transformational workshop called the The Landmark Forum that I had the most soul-opening experience of my life. It was during an exercise called “Being With” and what do you know, it was all about standing toe to toe with another looking into each other’s eye without speaking a word. I have never been so scared and I have never cried so much in my entire life. Throughout the exercise I sat with the most amazing human beings opening the windows of our souls and by the end, I was able to “BE WITH” another human being: vulnerable, confident, and FREE!
When do you feel your most soulful? Music and dance feed my soul, so when I’m out dancing the night away, taking a dance class, or performing for an audience, I feel the most soulful.
Where have you felt the most in touch with your own soul? I feel the most in touch with my soul in nature. It can be hiking a trail, paddling a kayak, balancing on a paddleboard, lying under a canopy of trees, climbing a tree, splashing my feet in the water, strolling the shoreline, gazing at the moon, and watching the sun rise and set anywhere in the world.
Who is one of the most soulful people you know? My soul sister Gabriela. Our connection transcends time. She takes the time to nurture her soul and is lovingly attuned to her mind, body, and spirit: a radiant beacon of light that illuminates a path of compassion, aliveness, and joy. Her laughter is contagious. The world shines bright because of Gabriela’s passion and love of life.
What qualities do you feel a soulful relationship has? I believe that a soulful relationship is a commitment to live consciously with each other. Acceptance, compassion, and patience are practiced on a daily basis. Both partners feel safe and that they are heard. It’s all about fun, ease, and play. A soulful relationship is one where there is eagerness and willingness to cross the bridge into each other’s world and to nurture the space between.
What do you feel your soul’s purpose is? My soul’s purpose is to make positive impact in the world. I’m called to make a difference through the healing arts, dance, and relationship education. This quote by Deepak Chopra speaks volumes to me:
“I am here to serve. I am here to inspire. I am here to love. I am here to live my truth.”
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us? I am moved by you wanting to feature me on your website. Thank YOU for this opportunity to give my soul a voice. On my soul journey I have traversed many diverse terrains from the rockiest and most treacherous to the calmest and deeply serene. I have grown exponentially along the way and have found such peace. I have learned to listen to my soul’s voice and it has made all the difference in the world.
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Thank you for reading this inspiring interview! ~Mali & Joe, authors of The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships (in paperback, ebook, and audio), the upcoming books 52 Prescriptions for Happiness and The Soulmate Lover, and creators of Mantras for Making Love and Overcoming Jealousy